Scotland/Ireland Mission

On The Isle of Skye

Thursday, September 9, 2010

August 30, 2010

At Mary's setting up her new printer and catching up on some work.

Hey Mum,
 Well this week was quite interesting. It was quite busy as well. We have been working closely with James to get him ready for his baptism. He is progressing well. He made it out to church yesterday and really enjoyed it. He was able to make a lot of new friends and meet some key members of the ward. Afterwards, we pulled Bro. Connolly (Ward Mission Leader) into a room with him for a quick lesson. It was great! Bro. Connolly is amazing. He was able to bear his testimony about what we were teaching and then relate to James well. Afterward, he was talking with James about getting involved with YSA. So that was fantastic. We are going to have to move Jame's baptismal date up to the 25th, though, because stake conference is on the weekend before. But it's still good. It just makes more time for us to help prepare him. He is really enjoying the church and he tells all his friends about the changes he's making. I would just ask that, if you can, you remember him in your prayers.
 In addition to James coming to church, we had another investigator come as well. He has been investigating for a while and he is a bit older. But he was able to make it out and he had a great time as well and was able to make some new friends. Hopefully both of them will be able to make it out on their own now. Other than that, we are just continuing to work hard and teach people. 
One thing that I just got into this week was tea. Rooibos tea, which is an herbal tea, is very interesting. Mary has helped me into it. It is quite good, a lot better than our weak fruity teas in America. This is good stuff for you and it tastes quite good as well. Anyway, I thought you might think it funny that I am drinking tea now! Hahaha...

Rooibos (pronounced ROY-bos), Afrikaans for "red bush"; is a broom-like member of the legume family of plants growing in South Africa's fynbos.
The plant is used to make a herbal tea called rooibos tea, bush tea (esp. Southern Africa), redbush tea (esp. UK), South African red tea, or red tea. The product has been popular in Southern Africa for generations and is now consumed in many countries.
In South Africa it is common to drink rooibos tea without milk, but instead with a slice of lemon and sugar or honey to sweeten. The flavour of rooibos tea is often described as being naturally sweet (without sugar added) and slightly nutty. Rooibos can be prepared in the same manner as black tea, and this is the most common method.
Rooibos is becoming more popular in Western countries particularly among health-conscious consumers, due to its high level of antioxidants such as aspalathin and nothofagin, its lack of caffeine, and its low tannin levels compared to fully oxidized black tea or unoxidized green tea leaves. Rooibos also contains a number of phenolic compounds, including flavanols, flavones, flavanones, and dihydrochalcones. Rooibos is purported to assist with nervous tension, allergies and digestive problems. Traditional medicinal uses of rooibos in South Africa include alleviating infantile colic, allergies, asthma and dermatological problems,
Although human studies of rooibos are scarce in the scientific literature, animal studies suggest it has potent antioxidant, immune-modulating and chemopreventive effects. In addition, rooibos tea has not been found to have any adverse effects.

Anyway, thanks for all that you do. I love you very much. Hope you have a great week!
Elder Trawick

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